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are slightly more in favor of the war in afghanistan than the rest of republicans. they've been only barely more likely than republican voters in general to see federal government debt as a serious threat to the country. on this show last night, wayne slater, who has been covering the potential presidential candidacy of rick perry as well as the politicking in iowa explained the republican base right now that he's seeing as a seasoned political reporter as tee van jell call. i think that's much closer than the -- closer to the truth than common wisdom has been. however, this year, however much that drives the pundit class to distraction about how different politics will be this year, really what republicans are dealing with is a traditional conservative base this year that is extra obsessed with abortion. there is nothing new under the sun. maybe the universe is trying to remind us of that by having newt gingrich run again. when you look at the evidence, seems like an upserge of the faction the republican party has harbored for a generation now and ignoring the religious and thee cattic imp
, there's a pattern in that we have reached a tipping point. we saw it with afghanistan. and iraq in terms of the timetable. when are we getting out. we saw it in the compromises on the bush tax cuts. we have seen this pattern in which democrats are put in the position to having to be the adults in the conversation, and trying to hold things together, and now we are back at that point. if you look at that pattern of concession and then compromise to the middle, and the democrats having to bear the burden politically for those decisions, it might be a trial balloon, but there is a pattern that indicates that social security and medicare are on the table. and that is why we reacted the way we did. this shouldn't be on the table. we have reached a no mass point here. that democrats should never support this. we have to be solid and independent, regardless of what those negotiations with the administration produce. >> in terms of what you described there as bearing the political burden here, that is one of the strategic questions that i have. and this may be clearer to you from washington than
in afghanistan, that's not going to coerce me into voting for it. on the other hand, i do think that some of the few remaining serious republicans understand that they will get blamed for this. so i think there is some pressure to do that. one other point i want to mention, rachel, which deeply angers me, these are people, the tea party people, who came to be the constitutionalists, they are in the process of launching the most fundamental assault on the american constitution, fundamental principle we have ever seen, and that was majority rule. the great breakthrough in the 18th century was self governance. and if you read the constitution, the assumption is majority rule in congress. it's majority rule in the states. in no part of the u.s. constitution are you required to get more than a simple majority of both houses to do anything. there's a 2/3 required for treaty only in the senate. that was special with foreign powers. there's a 2/3 requirement to amend the constitution or to impeach someone. but for legislation everywhere in the constitution all you need is a majority, and these pe
and 2006, when public support for the wars in iraq and afghanistan fell through the floor. you cannot take anything away from the outside money and the impression that the outside groups made and the advertising they did in 2003 and 2004. >> saying those things don't work on either side doesn't make sense. i think that this is incredibly -- >> they don't work in a campaign like this. this is not going to recruit his -- we won't know until the exit polls. >> the first thing that makes any impression in this campaign, first thing that gets national media attention is this ad that's super racist and obnoxious, hitting janice hahn on this very obscure issue about gang remediation efforts in los angeles. after that happens, the republican candidate decides, i'm not down with that racist ad at all. but you know what we need to talk about here? gang remediation efforts. >> she has answered and rebutted in a way it looks like the voters in that district are satisfied with her response that she never had anything to do with the -- >> it was a 31-point gap in the 2008 race. now it's a eight-point ga
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